The MediaMotion Ball (MMB) is produced by an all volunteer team each year. It is a not for profit event created by the International Media Users Group (IMUG). The IMUG is a group that developed from an email list of the same name. It is a collection of digital production professionals from around the world. The MediaMotion Ball was created as a rare opportunity for people in our digital community to get together in-person and meet face-to-face. With the support of the MMBs many sponsors the IMUG is able to facilitate this successful event at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference and trade show each year in Las Vegas. Below you'll see our volunteer team that brings the MMB to NAB each year. The MMB team are all involved in the production industry and bring with them decades of experience in digital production and the post production industry. The MMB evolved out of two online communities - the IMUG email list and the After Effects email list and today they remain strong user groups. To join these user groups go here. The MediaMotion Ball is open to all and everyone in the production industry is welcome.
MediaMotion Ball Core Organizing Team:
|Carey Dissmore, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Carey founded the MediaMotion Ball when he was instrumental in the creation of the very first event held at the Stardust Hotel at NAB in 1998, establishing it as a strong user community event that continues to this day. Carey also runs his own production company Carey Dissmore Productions, Inc.
|Steve Griffiths, Sydney, Australia
Steve has been involved in the MediaMotion Ball since it began in 1998 and became Co-Chair in 2001. He is closely involved in the MMBs continuing evolution. Steve is also producer/director at Visionlink, a Sydney based video production company founded in 1988 and has been in the television production business for 32 years.
|Steve Kahn, Charlotte, North Carolina
Steve became Co-Chair of the MediaMotion Ball in 2001 and has been closely involved in it's operation since. Steve is also the owner of Edit On Hudson, a respected production company also based in Charlotte.
|Dan Spiess, Gainesville, Florida
Dan plays a pivotal role in the running and coordination of the MMB. He manages the coordination of the MMB team and ensures smooth running of the event. Dan is also the owner of Lighthouse Productions in Gainesville and brings 35 years of production experience to live broadcasts, TV news reporting, corporate videos and training programs.
|Chris Rogers, Las Vegas, Nevada
Chris is one of the MMC's MCs for 2012. Chris' other primary job is to create the video loop (using Keynote) showcasing all the wonderful prizes so graciously donated by our generous sponsors. Since he moved CHRMEDIA from LA to Las Vegas, he is also now our key contact and organizer. Chris brings his extensive theatrical knowledge and experience to the group. Recent clients include: Google, General Motors, and Wells Fargo.
|Houston Wells, Gainsville, Florida
Houston joins the MMB core organizing team for 2013. Houston has worked on many MMBs in past years often as MC. This year he is coordinating our volunteer team and also returning as one of our MC's for the evening. Houston is a graduate of the Documentary Institute at the University of Florida, with additional degrees in Zoology and Education and currently works at Digital Lighthouse productions.
MediaMotion Ball support/production team
|Doug Snyder, Los Angeles, California
Based in Los Angeles, Doug continues his long involvement at the MMB and takes the key role in managing the events audio visual requirements. Without him the MMB would not be possible.
|Tim Jerkovich, Los Angeles, California
Another regular contributor to the success of the MMB and has an absolutely key role. Tim again brings his wide expertise to the audio visual production for the MediaMotion Ball.
He also runs Timely Creative productions LLC in Los Angeles.
|Philip Hodgetts, Los Angeles, California
Philip has been on of the biggest contributors to the MMB and IMUG communities for over a decade. Philip is also President of Intelligent Assistance, Co-Founder & CEO of the Open Television Network. he has been instrumental in the success of IMUG events since 1998.
|Dr Gregory Clarke, Los Angeles, California
Greg has brought his considerable talents to the running of the MMB for many, many years. If you've ever been to an MMB you'll have seen Greg managing the distribution of the MMBs huge prize pool over the evening. Greg is also involved with Intelligent Assistance and brings his deep programming expertise to the creation of software tools used by production professionals daily.
|Dave Bittner, Columbia, MD
Director of Photography, Editor and Animator at Pixel Workshop is often the MMB evening's host. Dave is also a long-time MediaMotion community member and veteran of the production industry.
"I'm really look forward to Dave Bittner as MC of this year's MediaMotion Ball because I find him interesting, to the point and frequently amusing." commented Philip Hodgetts, President of Intelligent Assistance and the Open Television Network
|Dean Forss, Wausau, Wisconsin
Dean has assisted in making the MMB a success over many years. He is also Broadband Coordinator - Marathon County at University of Wisconsin-Extension and Chief Technologist at Summer Night Productions, LLC.
|Karl Newman, Lewisville, Texas
Karl brings his years of experience in the Entertainment, Television and Advertising industries to making the MMB a bigger and better event each year.
|Jeff Handy, Tampa/St Petersburg, Florida
Jeff returned in 2011 to help make that years MediaMotion Ball another great success. Jeff is also Senior Digital Media Specialist at Bisk Education and shares his extensive knowledge with our user communities regularly.
Regular contributor to the IMUG email list and longtime team member on the MediaMotion Ball, Ronnie brings his talents and enthusiasm to each of our events.
|Eric Darling, Savannah, Georgia
Another regular supporter and team member of the MMB event. Eric is also owner of eThree Media and is a Media Production Consultant. eThree offers corporate and broadcast video production services, DVD authoring, web design, computer programming, CD/DVD duplication, and live meeting support among other integrated services.
|Jim Kanter, Atlanta, Georgia
Jim is an Apple Certified Trainer, Apple Consuultant and Adobe Certified Expert. Jim is a media specialist and trains a wide range of clients around the world.
Long time contrubutor to our user groups and supporter of MediaMotion Ball, Jim is instrumental in the success of the events for many years.
|Piers Goodhew, Sydney, Australia
Piers is one of the most prodigious online contributors to the IMUG community and brings his wealth of experience to helping our members. 2011 was his first MediaMotion Ball, Piers joined the MMB production team and helped make our 14th event the best yet. Piers is also Technologist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
|Steve Zaransky, Chicago, Illinois
Steve has helped make the MMB the premier users event at NAB for many years. Steve is also the owner of Airways Digital Media, a company that is a video and digital media powerhouse that creates compelling content with video, motion graphics, interactive media, web development and live event staging.
Duncan has been a team member on the MediaMotion Ball for many years. You'll see him at the event on camera or interviewing our guests and sponsors.
Brings his years of production experience to the MMB team..
Long time IMUG community member and regular contributor Ben rejoined the MediaMotion Ball Team ikn 2011. Ben has TV and film production experience for over 30 years in Britain, Canada and the US with large networks and small producers in virtually every programming area.
Alan joined the MediaMotion Ball organising team for the first time in 2011 and has been a wonderful asset to the MMB Team.
|Taylor Collins, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proprietor of Soaring Stuff, Taylor works in the professional training and coaching industry.
Al has had camera duties at the MediaMotion Ball for the past 7 years and continues to assist at each event.
Paul is a huge asset to the MMB team. He has had a 26 year career as Producer/Director and now teaches at his local community college on Independent Filmmaking/Guerilla Filmmaking. He has a passion for film production and is still working on an original film concept of cowboy meets spaceship meets princess meets Bond villain. He has more too!
Paul first assisted with the MediaMotion Ball in 2010. He enjoyed it so much he keeps coming back to help.
Steve Oakley is a frequent voice on the IMUG list and other online forums. He has sometimes been behind the scenes at the MMB securing prizes for the event. He has also provided his shooting skills to help capture the nights event. He is founder of Practical Illusions and co-owner of Perspektive Media Group. You can find his thoughts, experiences with various products at:
Regular IMUG contributor and volunteer at the MediaMotion Ball, Robert has brought his considerable talents to making the MMB such a wonderful success.